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Dolphin: As told by Aunty Margaret

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A Dolphin is displayed in the Inquiry Centre at Queensland Museum South Bank.


I’m Aunty Marg. I lived at the Myora Mission and grew up there until it was closed in 1941.

My Aboriginal culture is vast, and I have had the opportunity of knowing two old Grannies, Dungoo and Alison, whose knowledge was passed down to me. I am grateful to these two old ladies, who have taught me so much about the animals, sea creatures and plants.


Many, many years ago when the Aboriginal people wanted fish, they would wade waist deep into the sea, calling out in their language over the bay, clicking their boomerangs and spears.

When the Dolphins heard the people calling out in their language they then herded the fish into the shallows where the Aboriginal people would take enough for their tribe.

The rest would be for the Dolphins.

This is a true story and to this day our Aboriginal people have never killed the Dolphins. They are our friends.

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